Saturday, August 27, 2011

Now is time for cake

After the success of my most recent foray into cake-making, I decided to purchase the e-book from which that recipe came, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World. The way I see it, it doesn't hurt to have an entire baked-goodies cookbook which makes a point of avoiding dairy. I don't currently have all the supplies I need for a true foray into cupcake-making, but I do have the basics for cake-making.

Mom's birthday, this past Thursday, seemed the perfect excuse reason to try out a recipe or two from the book.

I'd heard so many good things about Red Velvet Cake and was hoping its allure was less about its often-vibrant colouring and more about the balance of flavours involved. I decided to try my hand at adapting a dairy-free version.

In the end, extracting natural food colouring from beets or raspberries was a bit too intimidating at this early stage in my development as a baker, so I opted to do a simpler "Velvet Cake", omitting any extra colouring — thus using the exact same recipe I paired with the raspberry buttercream last time — and going with the vegan cookbook's cream cheese icing.

I doubled the cake batter to fill two cake pans and also doubled the icing recipe to be certain to make enough to frost a cake.

The cake, as a whole, was the best damn cake I've ever eaten in my life. The icing didn't overpower the chocolate cake (although I would have liked a bit more cream cheese "tang" to the finished product) and wasn't too sweet, 'though certainly sweet enough. The cake itself was unbelievably moist without being dense. It was fantastic!



At Mon Aug 29, 01:43:00 pm GMT-4, Blogger MiraFabulous said...

Any leftovers?

That was some very high praise you gave the cake......

At Mon Aug 29, 08:10:00 pm GMT-4, Blogger ghanima said...

Sorry, Mir! I find it's a really bad idea for me to keep cake leftovers about, so I sent a quarter of a cake to the neighbours and a slice to a friend I met up with the following day.

As luck would have it, 'though, I know someone who's having a birthday in October, so maybe I could be convinced to "set aside" some cake for you.


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